published Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The president's choice

Just after the bags are unpacked from spring break travel and folks are confirming final details of their summer vacation plans, the voice of Tennessee legislators has been heard in a bipartisan manner: The price of gasoline is hurting our citizens.

Tennessee's House of Representatives has passed a resolution to be sent to President Barack Obama condemning his "rejection of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline," the picture of a shovel-ready project to create jobs and benefit America's citizens.

In a state home to the variety of mountains, rivers and music, Tennessee is the destination of many seeking rest and fun. This region also is the crossroads of the South, as interstate highways come together here and serve as a nerve center for commerce.

Whether the impact is to the family budget, the independent truck driver or a small or large business, energy costs have exploded, with attention directed primarily to the gasoline pump that has no mercy, only an upward trend in pricing.

Why the focus on the Keystone pipeline in the midst of gasoline prices upwards of $3.70 per gallon?

The application for this 1,700-mile, 36-inch pipeline was received by the U.S. Department of State in September 2008. The pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada to Oklahoma and Texas.

The draft report of the environmental impact studies, released in April 2010, that have provided cover for the foot-dragging of the Obama administration actually speaks to the "limited adverse environmental impacts during both construction and operation." The report also noted that if the pipeline were not built, "crude oil would likely be shipped to countries outside of North America, which would require new infrastructure that would result in environmental impacts at least as great as those of the proposed project."

Obama has been busy catering to his environmental base in delaying and ultimately rejecting a jobs-creating agreement with Canada, an ally. His lip service to an "all of the above" national energy policy has been exposed.

Mr. President, it's the time of choosing. You'll either lead our nation to effectively utilize our God-given naturally resources for our own benefit and prosperity or you'll choose political patronage that shackles American interests to foreign oil and directly costs each citizen.

Choose America first.

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I believe the president said something about considering the needs of the state of Nebraska. I know Tennessee politicians don't care about them, not having any voters there, but the president does.

Maybe the Politicians in Knoxville should stick to in-state business?

But really, why are you kowtowing to patronage of international corporate interests yourself? Why do you think they want to ship out to the Gulf if no it to put it on the world market?

April 23, 2012 at 12:37 a.m.
nucanuck said...

So much mis-information in one editorial!

The Keystone Pipeline is all about getting Canadian oil to the Gulf coast for export. Cushing Oklahoma has had an over-supply of crude oil for over a year. This quarter Cushing oil will begin to be shipped to the coast for export. That will raise, not lower, US oil prices by relieving the surplus at Cushing.

Obama's actions on the pipeline have not been the cause of higher oil prices. Obama's foreign policy initiatives against Iran have added to the world price of oil and could drive that price much higher still.

Your premis and facts are twisted and incorrect making your conclusion irrelevent and misguided. tsk, tsk.

April 23, 2012 at 12:53 a.m.
EaTn said...

Our goal should not be to build a pipeline from the northern border to the gulf to feed the world demand but to build refineries and distribution centers on the northern border to feed our demand. When are gullible Americans going to wake-up and realize that big oil and their political friends do not have our best interest at heart.

April 23, 2012 at 6:33 a.m.

Well considering he has shown no ability to lead this nation as of yet, I really doubt we see it in the future. Besides between his constant flying around the world apologizing for OUR country, his constant campaigning for a job he as no clue on how to do and his wife's 17 vacations where will he find the time.

April 23, 2012 at 7:09 a.m.
joneses said...

How does this continued political attacking of the oil companies benefit anyone? Did you know the government makes more from the taxs on oil than the oil companies make in profits? Did you know that your liberal policies that keep the price of gas high benefits the oil companies profits more than it benefits the American people? Are you that stupid to not understand that Obastard and the liberal policies are designed to benefit the oil companies? I remember when President Bush was in office all you heard from the main stream liberal media was how much the oil companies were making in profits. Because gas is higher now under Obastard the oil companies profits are much higher and you hear nothing about these profits. Open your eyes you bunch of liberal fools you are being manipulated and lied to by obastard!

April 23, 2012 at 7:10 a.m.
conservative said...

"Here are a few facts to consider. With a total length of close to 3,000 kilometers, the new pipeline would add just over 1 percent to the already existing network of crude oil and refined products lines that crisscross the United States and parts of Canada. Why, if pipeline safety is a key concern, have we not seen waves of civil disobedience focused on more than a quarter million kilometers of existing pipelines?

Long-term statistics show convincingly that there is no safer way to transport large masses of liquids over long distances than a pipeline. Moving the same amount by trucks or rail would be much more risky, in addition to being vastly more expensive. So would be moving the oil from Alberta to British Columbia and then shipping it by tankers via the Panama Canal to Texas."

http://www.american.com/archive/2011/november/obamas-indefensible-pipeline-punt

April 23, 2012 at 8:45 a.m.

So let's see, according to joneses, apparently Obama is in the pockets of the oil companies?

I guess that destroys your claims about him being anti-business.

But actually, if you listened, you'd hear plenty about their profits.

And conservative, there are concerns about pipelines, and regulations. Even here, there's people who get upset about them in our town. They do protest those things.

April 23, 2012 at 11:08 a.m.
joneses said...

Today. " President Barack Obama says atrocities against peoples across the globe begin with daily ignorance and intolerance and that the world must not allow such "seeds of hate" to take root again."

Obastard can start with eliminating his class warfare hate speech.

April 23, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.
joneses said...

happywithbeingafool,

Do you not see the lies obastard is telling you? It is obvious to anyone with a hint if intellect. Obastard continues to attack the oil companies and through his policies he is making them tons of money. Either he is in bed with them or just plain stupid. You cannot find one post where I said obastard is against business. All I have said is he wants to penalize success by confiscating through taxes money the risk takers make. You are a liar happywithbeingafool. Obastard even tells you he thinks the wealthy, like him, should pay more taxes and he takes every deduction he can to avoid paying taxes? You are a fool for thinking obastard is being honest with you. It amazes me how stupid you are.

April 23, 2012 at 1:35 p.m.

Why would I take your claims as honest, when you vociferously claim I'm stupid, yet you're the one who claims he's in bed with the oil companies even while doing something which denies them profit.

Really, do you think your insults do anything but destroy your own argument?

But here's a quote:

"Obastard continues to attack industry through activist environmental regulations to run them out of business"

and another:

"The dummycrat/liberal/socialist party is the actual party of hate. They hate profits, corporations, success, wealthy people, oil, oil companies, banks, blacks, women, Wall Street, of course they do not mind taking money from Wall Street, people with differing opinions, Israel, letting babies have a chance at life, guns, physical contact sports, Christians, The Bible, the middle class, self reliance, individualism, hard work, stuff they have to pay for, pickup trucks, facts, The Ten Commandments, private schools, freedom, less federal government intrusion, lower taxes, people that do not depend on the government, closed borders, the military, the American soldier, hunting, the ability to defend yourself, The Catholic Church, freedom of choice, and many other things that are healthy for America."

Perhaps we're supposed to believe this "Obastard" is somebody completely different? Perhaps we're supposed to believe Obama isn't part of the party you declare is full of hate?

Or can you not even recognize your inconsistency?

Oh well, now I know that Obama isn't anti-business, so any time any Republican or conservative brings it up, I will refer them to you.

You can disabuse them of their notion.

April 23, 2012 at 1:48 p.m.
chet123 said...

hey joneses...I UNDERSTAND YOUR SENTIMENTS.....POOR TRILLIONIARE OILLLL!!!!!HA HA HA HA

THIS IS A POLITICAL FOOTBALL FOR YOU RIGHT-WING.....THE PUBLICAN SEE HOW YOU PROTECT THE OIL REGARDLESS HOW RESISTENCE THEY ARE TO AUTHORITY AND GREEDY THEY ARE IN SUCKING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE..

I SEE THE REPUBLICAN HAVE NO INTEREST IN SUBPOEANING THE OIL COMPANIES..THEY BLOCK DEMOCRAT FROM EVEN QUESTIONING THE OIL COMPANIES(IS IT BECAUSE THE RIGHT-WING REPUBLICAN PARTY,AND THE ICE TEA PARTY HAVE SOLD THEIR SOUL TO BIG OIL)...ALL THE RIGHT-WING GOING TO DO IS SHOOT OFF AT THE MOUTH.......AND SAY"OBAMA DID IT","OBAMA DID IT" "OBAMA DID IT" HA HA HA HA.....WHAT A JOKE!

April 23, 2012 at 2:20 p.m.
nucanuck said...

I'll have to give it to you, joneses, you do have a hint of intellect...just a hint.

April 23, 2012 at 2:21 p.m.
chet123 said...

KEYTONE PIPE LINE IS A TALKING POINT FOR THE REPUBLICAN...THEY TALK AS KEYSTONE PIPELINE GOING TO SAVE THE DAY........IN TRUTH THIS PIPE LINE WONT BRING DOWN THE COST OF GAS....BUT IT WILL INCREASE THE OIL EXECUTIVE PAID......MAYBE ANOTHER 300MILLION DOLLARS IN JUST BONUS PAY.....

MIDDLE-CLASS AND WORKING CLASS REPUBLICAN LOOK LIKE A FOOL SUPPORTING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE HA HA HA

April 23, 2012 at 2:25 p.m.

It won't bring down the price of oil, because oil isn't the problem. Why is everyone ignoring quantitative easing? Too many dollars lowers our purchasing power. Oil isn't going up so much as the dollar is going down.

April 23, 2012 at 5:39 p.m.
chet123 said...

JAHCHILD....DONT UNDERSTAND YOUR POINT....YOU ARE BONBASTING WORDS AND NAMES THAT DONT MAKE A FACTUAL POINT.....

I WILL GIVE YOU SUBSTANCE.....NATIONALIZE THE OIL....TAKE THE PROFIT OUT OF IT....REMOVE THE 400,000,000.00 DOLLARS SALARIES THE OIL EXECUTIVE ARE MAKING.....Hmmmmm?

Hmmmmm?Hmmmmmm?....JUST WHAT I THOUGHT!..YOU ARE NOT SERIOUS...YOU JUST WANT TO SHOOT THAT MOUTH OFF.....YOU ARE A PROTECTOR AND BUTT KISSER OF THE RICH AND GREEDY.....HA HA HA HA...YOU DONT WANT A SOLUTION...I DONT UNDERSTAND SPINELESS PEOPLE LIKE YOU.....REALLY AMAZING!

April 25, 2012 at 9:30 p.m.
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